The new year ushered in a fun new program at the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market.
Every Saturday, Dennis Dunn, the familiar face of Franco's One World Sausages' booth, organizes a special promotion with a recipe and discounts on the required ingredients.
Featured recipes serve at least four, all ingredients are available at the market, and the cost is $20 or less. Last Saturday's dish was a kale frittata, and the meal's ingredients weighed in at just $16.
So far, the project has been a huge success, and plans are to continue it indefinitely.
That said, there will be no special this weekend, as the market shifts from Saturday to Sunday to accommodate a long-scheduled event at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Time, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and location, the west side parking lot, will be the same.
This is a one-time-only change.
The Sunday market will be smaller than a typical Saturday but that doesn't mean you won't find plenty to fill your pantry. Four produce farmers — Farm Sinclair, Bernier Farms, Min-Hee Hill Gardens and Offerings of the Land — will offer a generous array of just-harvested crops, including lettuces, salad mix, leafy greens, arugula, broccoli, garlic, onions, winter squash, potatoes, radishes, carrots, parsnips, parsley, cabbage and, if we're lucky, cilantro.
Four meat vendors will join in, too: John Ford Ranch, with beef; Karlona's Farm, with quail and partridge; Pepper Ranch Poultry, with eggs, chicken and chicken stock; and Salmon Creek Ranch with duck, duck eggs, beef and, maybe, goat.
Two Rock Valley Cheese Company may attend, Raymond's Bakery will have its delicious breads and there will be plenty of sausages from Franco.
GaGa Cafe will be brewing coffee and if you need a cookie to go with it, look no further than Cookie ... Take a Bite. Other prepared food vendors include Grizzly Bear Sweets; The Philosopher's Stoneground Almonds; Gandolf's Fine Chocolates; Home Maid Ravioli Co. and Waterhorse Ridge, with their jams, jellies and other condiments.